There are many reasons why people love visiting Thailand on their holidays. From year round sunshine to the amazing food, the experience can only be topped off by the fact that the country is highly affordable while still retaining an air of luxury. 
That means it is possible to book a room in one of the many 5 star resorts in Thailand and still have enough money left to enjoy everything you want to do while you’re there!

What can you expect to pay?

A standard traveller who wants to enjoy all of the comforts of home will be more than comfortable with a budget of 1500THB per day - which is equivalent to £30 in Britain or $47USD. 

Of course, no trip to Thailand is complete until you have been on some of the fantastic excursions available to you, so it is always worth factoring extra cash into your overall budget to ensure you are able to experience everything this amazing country has to offer.  

And of course, if you want to REALLY live it up and experience all the luxuries on offer during your stay then 10,000THB (approximately £200 or $314USD) per day should certainly be enough for you to afford those luxurious treats!

How should you pay?

ATMs can be found all over Thailand’s cities, giving you instant access to your cash to withdraw Thai baht. 

You can also pay by credit card in resorts and cities, but don’t rely on this method if you’re visiting family-run guesthouses or restaurants.

It’s also worth noting that it isn’t a necessity to tip in Thailand like in other countries, but you can leave some loose change if you have some once you’ve paid your bill. There isn’t a specific amount that constitutes as rude, such as paying at least 10 or 15 per cent. 

In upmarket eateries you might be charged a service charge – though you certainly won’t be expected to leave more money if this is the case. Check your bill to see if this has been added so you don’t leave yourself out of pocket by adding more before you leave.

Are there ways to save money?

Once you start to get used to your surroundings and how much things cost, you might be looking for ways to save a bit of money, perhaps by getting away from the typical tourist traps. 

One of the most common tips for visitors is to eat local cuisine; it’s both delicious and inexpensive. This is also true of regional drinks, rather than paying more for imported items.

While Bangkok is well worth a visit if you are visiting Thailand, it is known to be one of the more expensive places in the country, so perhaps consider exploring other places on your trip. 

There are some incredible beaches dotted around the coastline which really do provide the ultimate in relaxation and luxury, so make sure you set aside some time to visit these. 

When it comes to food, try the street eats for a reasonably priced insight into authentic Thai tastes.

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22/11/2013 9:10pm

WHAT?!?! $47 a day for a hotel room? I guess the really pricey part would be your passport, visa & airfare.

23/11/2013 6:35pm

I love Thailand for the affordable accommodation options and food. The street food there is cheaper than even some other Southeast Asian countries! When I was there, I spent about 100-350 bahts ($3 - $10) each meal for two people.

13/12/2013 12:13pm

I lived in Chiang Mai (northern Thailand) for 8 years.

Soooo... budget wise, you can find hotels as cheap as about 200 baht per day, or 400 baht per day with air conditioning. These are difficult places to find and typically not convenient for tourists, but if you want to live there for a bit, study a bit of the language, and do some traveling, this is certainly a possible budget if you're on a shoestring and have to keep moving.

Food wise: toursists are typically sold food prepared to the lowest standards. Even where this doesn't happen, they are typically given food prepared 'the foreigner way'- not spicy at all, overly sweetened, etc. In curries, extra coconut milk is commonly added. for Thai salads ("Som Tam") the typical variation given is the variant fed to small children ("Tam Thai"). You certainly SHOULD try all of these first- Thai food can pack a punch in unexpected ways, being very salty or bitter when you don't expect it- but for best results, see if you can't try both from the same restaurant, and when looking for a restaurant, your best bet is on a place that is packed with Thai people during a meal time. Don't worry about language barriers- walk in, point at dishes you see everybody ordering so that the seller knows what you want, and then prepare your food the way you see the people around you preparing it before you eat. Remember, many Thai foods are seasoned to taste at the table, and are served a little bit bland to account for the seasoning you're expected to add.

25/03/2014 3:27pm

Nice article. I just got back from Thailand and noticed the price and quality of accomadations really varried once we got to the islands. The mainland was way more bangkok for your buck.



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